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Note 1 - Organization and Nature of Business

Note 1 - Organization and Nature of Business
9 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2022
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Organization and Nature of Business




Founded in 1932 and incorporated in Delaware in 1989, Ethan Allen Interiors Inc., through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ethan Allen Global, Inc., and Ethan Allen Global, Inc.’s subsidiaries (collectively, “we,” “us,” “our,” “Ethan Allen” or the “Company”), is a leading interior design company, manufacturer and retailer in the home furnishings marketplace.


Nature of Business


We are a global luxury home fashion brand that is vertically integrated from product design through home delivery, which offers our customers stylish product offerings, artisanal quality, and personalized service. We provide complimentary interior design service to our clients and sell a full range of home furnishings through a retail network of design centers located throughout the United States and abroad as well as online at ethanallen.com.


Ethan Allen design centers represent a mix of locations operated by independent licensees and Company-operated locations. As of  March 31, 2022, the Company operates 141 retail design centers with 137 located in the United States and four in Canada. Our independently operated design centers are located in the United States, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. We also own and operate ten manufacturing facilities in the United States, Mexico and Honduras, including one sawmill, one rough mill and a lumberyard. Approximately 75% of our products are manufactured or assembled in these North American facilities. We also contract with various suppliers located in Europe, Asia, and various other countries that produce products that support our business.


Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic Upon our Financial Condition and Results of Operations


The global coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic continues to disrupt several segments of the economy and has caused, and continues to cause, impact to our business. Our design centers are open and demand for our products continues to be strong as customers allocate greater amounts of discretionary spending to home furnishings than at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since our manufacturing facilities re-opened in May 2020, we have ramped up and increased production capacity by adding headcount as well as second shifts and weekend production shifts to our North American plants. We continue to experience strong written orders taken at both the retail and wholesale segments, and as a result, our current order backlog increased during the third quarter of fiscal 2022 and is approximately 25% higher compared with a year ago.


While we continue to increase production, we continue to experience ongoing logistical challenges that we, as well as the entire home furnishings industry, have faced resulting from COVID-19 related supply chain disruptions creating delays in order fulfillment. Our focus on inventory and supply chain management is critical as we balance the need to maintain supply chain flexibility to help ensure competitive lead times with the risk of inventory shortage and obsolescence. In addition, ocean freight capacity issues continue to persist worldwide due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in price increases per shipping container.


The COVID-19 pandemic also continues to expose us to greater market risk as a result of increases in the cost of raw materials that we use in our manufacturing processes, principally plywood, fabric and foam products. These raw materials have been, and continue to be, subject to rising inflationary pressures that are partially attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic and which have led to increased production costs. As commodity prices (notably, fuel costs) have continued to rise during the third quarter of fiscal 2022, we will continue to evaluate whether further price increases to our customers to offset these costs are warranted.


Although we actively manage the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to predict the impact COVID-19 will have on our financial operations in the near- and long-term. The timing of any future actions in response to COVID-19 is dependent on the mitigation of the spread of the virus along with the adoption and continued effectiveness of vaccines, status of government orders, directives and guidelines, recovery of the business environment, global supply chain conditions, economic conditions, raw material prices, and consumer demand for our products.